2006芝加哥福音大会感想

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                    福音大会报名截止日期接近大女儿C (十七岁)因要复习准备一月份的学期课程考 试,自己决定留在家里。但我和太太还是鼓励她一起和我们去。经过一个星期的祷告,她最后有感动决定参加。我不得不在会前一周才匆匆为她补报了名。无论会中 还是会后,我们和她交谈。她都很兴奋。她说:“感谢神让我参加了这次令我难忘的聚会,感谢神让我明白更多神的心意。”下面是她写的会后心得。


Gospel for China Conference 2006: Walking with Jesus

  Connie

   There are many things that draw us closer to God; for example, reading the Bible, praying, and doing devotions. Those things are praiseworthy and noble. However, walking with Christ everyday entails us to do more than just actions. We need to draw our strength daily from Him that lives in us. We need to be constantly aware of our Father’s presence. We need to regard the Bible as a source of nourishment – and not just rules and regulations. When my family went to the Gospel for China conference in December 2006, I experienced all those aspects. God taught me to see my relationships in a new angle. God gave me a wonderful support system. God spoke showed me facets of Himself that were previously unknown to me. The conference in Chicago was truly enriching to the soul and to the mind.

  The conference greatly improved my relationships with my family, friends and other people. During the conference, there were workshops that dealt with relationship issues with our parents and the opposite gender. The leaders shared their own personal stories, answered questions and gave insightful comments regarding our situations. The stories all emphasized one truth: look to God, for He has the solutions to all our problems. I learned that when our relationship with God is in trouble, all of my other relationships would be in trouble as well. Later on, when we shared in our small groups, I found that I wasn’t alone in my struggles! During the last night, we had the opportunity to talk with our small group leaders and pray together. During that time, I broke down completely. For a couple of months before the conference, I was having an internal struggle with one of my friends. My friend seemed to have everything together – a great family, fantastic marks in school, a great relationship with God, supportive friends – and I was jealous. Not that I would admit that to myself, but I definitely felt inferior and deeply jealous. I resented the fact that God didn’t give me a seemingly perfect life like hers. I could not see it at the time, but it was a major roadblock between my relationship with God. When I shared that with my small group leader Melissa, she reassured me. She explained that it was normal for teenage girls to feel jealousy, but also shared with me her own story of how she battled jealousy. She would get up everyday, look in the mirror and say to herself, “I am a daughter of God; He has made me with a purpose.” She explained that God gave my friend those talents for a reason, but He has also made me with different set of talents that will accomplish a different task for His kingdom. We prayed tearfully about my struggle. Later, God showed up in a big way when He restored my friendship. However, the lesson carries on to my other relationships with my family, friends and other people.

   The relationships that were built during those days in Chicago are lasting. Before the conference, I felt a bit of apprehension, as I only knew two other teenagers who were attending the conference. It was even more nerve-wracking when I found out that I missed the introductory night, when people bonded a little bit in their small groups. Being a naturally shy person, I was terrified to walk into the sea of strange faces that morning. However, God knew my insecurities. God provided me with a wonderful, caring small group that I felt comfortable around. He provided me with a wonderful friend, E, who I’ve known for a long time. Over the course of the week, God placed a variety of people in my path. God lead me to meet a couple of amazing, God-seeking girls. We bonded over the week, sharing our struggles and being accountability partners for each other. After the conference, we emailed back and forth, sharing the goodness that God has freely given in our lives. It was a present that I did not expect at all, and I’m so gracious to the almighty God for giving me such amazing new friends on my path to seeking Him. It says in Hebrews 10:24-25 that we should “consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together…let us encourage one another.” And God didn’t fail to make those words true in my life. He placed encouragers in my path, but also moulded me into an encourager for someone else. God established caring, supportive and compassionate relationships in Chicago that would continue to be a wonderful fellowship.

  The exploration of who God was drew me closer to the Almighty. The theme for our large group sessions were about the “I AM” statements that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John. We explored “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6), “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), “I am the true vine” (John 15:1), and “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) in the sessions. Previous to conference, I had just looked over these “I AM” statements without much thought. I considered them to be entertaining parables about sheep, light and bread. I knew the standard Sunday-school answers regarding these parables. However, during the conference, the speakers made me see these parables in a new light. All these parables suddenly became applicable to real-life situations. I saw that these verses talked about my conflicts with friends and family. The scripture came alive! They jumped out of the pages and into my heart. John 15:1 challenged me to produce fruit that was close to God’s heart. John 11:25 challenged me to stay close to God in times of difficulty. John 14:6 challenged me to walk with Jesus in order to find true freedom. John 8:12 challenges me to be a light for Jesus. John 6:35 challenges me to seek spiritual food from God. Upon first reading, I would’ve never known that a couple of verses of scripture contained so much! All these challenges dare me to walk with Jesus and to get to know Him better. Those “I AM” statements opened my eyes to understand more about our glorious and loving God.

  God taught me more about relationships, gave me wonderful accountability partners and revealed Himself further to me at the Chicago conference. It was an amazing experience for me – one that I will never forget. God has been so gracious to have arranged all those wonderful experiences for me. He is one great God, and I am truly thankful to Him.


  中文译文:

2006中国福音大会:与耶稣同行


   作为一名基督徒,其实有很多途径让我们能与神亲近,例如,读经、祷告,参加团契,上教会以及个人灵修等。这些活动是值得我们去做的。可是每天能与耶稣真 实同行却要我们承担起比这些活动更多的内容。我们每天需要从活在我们中间的他那里支取我们的力量,我们也需要不断地意识到我们的父神无时无刻地存在我们的 周围。我们要将圣经作为我们养分滋润我们灵里需求的源泉,而不是仅仅把圣经看作是规则和条例。今年我们全家驱车去芝加哥参加2006中国福音大会期间,我 经历了神与我同行的方方面面,也叫我从一个新的视觉角度明白了我与神的关系。让我体会到神是我生命存在最好的也是唯一的支持系统。在大会期间,神亲自对我 说话,也将他不同的面向我展示,这些都是我以前没有经历到的,这次大会大大丰富了我的灵,滋润了我向往他的心。

与神的关系是一切 关系的前提:回想大会中的经历,在我与家人、朋友和其他人之间的关系上的如何和谐相处中让我体会神在中间的美意。大会设立了一些座谈会来讨论我们青少年如 何与父母和异性相处的专题。那些带领的弟兄姊妹们率先分享了他们自己在这方面的个人经历,回答我们所提的一些问题,以神给他们的智慧对我们所面临的处境给 予指导和建设性的帮助。所有这些分享全部都强调一个真理:你当事事仰望神的帮助,他就必在场,也唯有他才能为我们解决所有的问题。我深深地感到,当我与神 的关系出现问题,亮起红灯时,我与其他人的关系也就有麻烦了。后来,当我在小组讨论里和其他人分享我的挣扎和难处时,我发现很多人有同样或类似的经历。在 会议的最后一个晚上,我有机会和我的小组带领同工有一些交谈时间。我们先一起祷告,圣灵让我们完全把自己敞开,之后我分享了一段藏在我心里的挣扎。事情发 生在开会前的几个月,我对一个朋友内心有一些不快。我的这个朋友似乎占据了我想要的所有好:一个好的家庭,学校里好的成绩,与神好的关系,又有很多在灵里 互相帮助的好的朋友们。于是我不知不觉开始嫉妒起来了。这一点,我不仅对自己心中这样说,而且深深让我感到总是在她之下的不平衡,这大大加深了我的嫉妒 心。我抱怨为什么神不给我一个看似和她一样的接近完美的生活呢?起初,我一点都想不通。但它却成为我与神建立和好关系的最大路障,当我和我的小组同工M姐 妹分享时,她确信了我的情况,她向我解释到,在青少年阶段的女孩,有嫉妒心是很正常的。同时她也对我讲述了她自己如何战胜嫉妒别人的经历。她每天早晨一起 床就对镜子里的自己说:“我是神的儿女,神造我是有特有的目的。”她进一步解释道:神给我的那位朋友那么多优势、才能是有原因的,但神也给我一整套不一样 的才干,他要我们完成他神国里不同的工作任务。我们在一起为我们的挣扎、苦痛在神面前流泪祷告。后来,神恢复了我与她的友谊,不但如此,他更是向我显明了 更大更宽的道路,这就是进一步明白了当与神的关系和好,一切其他的关系便迎刃而解了,包括与父母、朋友同学和其他一切的人际来往。

神给我的最好礼物:在会前我感到有点紧张,因为要去参加这次大会的青少年中,我认识的只有两位。让我更为不安的是,我错过了第一天互相认识并且分组的夜 晚聚会。作为性格上有点害羞的女孩,第二天早上当我走进一大群不熟悉的青少年中间时,我担心极了,可是,神知道我内心的不安,他为我预备了一个非常好,非 常关心人的小组里,这让我舒服了很多。他也为我在这个小组里预备了一个好朋友E,我与她认识很多年。在那一周时间里,神让我见到了各种各样的年轻人。神也 特别为我预备了几个奇妙的爱神的女孩们。我们自始至终绑在一起,分享我们生命成长中的问题,相互成为值得信赖的伙伴。会后,我们还继续互同邮件,分享神在 我们生命中注入的美善和美好。这些在主里追求的姐妹们是神给我的最好礼物,她们是我没有预料到的。我真是从心底里感谢神,在我成圣历程中遇到这些极好的新 朋友,让我们共同携手行进在追求神国的路上。希伯来书10:24-25中说:“又要彼此相顾,激发爱心,勉励行善。你们不可停止聚会,好像那些停止惯了的 人,倒要彼此劝勉。既知道(原文作看见)那日子临近,就更当如此。”神将这些话真真切切地在我的生命中实现了。他将这些生命的鼓励者放在我回家的路上鞭策 我,他也要将我磨塑成另一个鼓励者去鞭策另外的人。神在我们相互之间以及与他之间建立起来的互相关心爱护,互相帮助支持,互相真诚相待的关系将继续成为一 个爱的纽带成形在神的旨意中,

探求“神是谁?”将我与这位大能者拉近:这次青少年聚会的主题是有关主耶稣在约翰福音所作的“我 是、、、、”的宣告,我们就“复活在我,生命也在我,信我的人,虽然死了,也必复活。(约翰福音11:25)”,“我是道路、真理、生命”(约14: 6),“我是好牧人”(约10:11),“我是生命的粮”(约 6:35),“我是真葡萄树”(约15:1),“我是世界的光”(约8:12)分成不同的专题进行探讨。会前,我已经预读了这些经文,但没有引起我太多的 思想,我把这些经文当成了有关羊、光和粮的比喻。我也知道主日学上学这些经文时该如何回答的标准答案。然而,在这次大会期间,讲员们让我以新光重新明白这 些比喻。所有这些比喻突然间能应用到我现实生活处境。我明白这些经文真地向我说话,光照我与父母、朋友之间的问题。圣经中话语变成了活的,它们跳出书页的 字里行间,直接进入我的心中。约翰福音15:1“我是真葡萄树”向我挑战,要结出贴近神的出自于心的果子来;约翰福音11:25“复活在我,生命也在我, 信我的人,虽然死了,也必复活”向我挑战,要我在艰难困苦中时时靠近神,体会神与我们同行;约翰福音14:6“我是道路、真理、生命”向我挑战为了找到真 正的自由就需要与耶稣同行;约翰福音8:12“我是世界的光”向我挑战要为主成为一盏明灯;约翰福音6:35“我是生命的粮”向我挑战要从神那里寻求属灵 的食物。当我初读时,从没有想到这几节经文会包含如此多的意思和应用。这些挑战让我敢于作为一个朋友与耶稣同行去更好地认识他。这些“我是”的宣告打开了 我的眼睛,使我更多明白了我们荣耀慈爱的神。

  这次芝加哥福音大会,神教导我更多处理不同关系的原则,赐给我令我可以信赖的与神同 行路上的伙伴们,进一步地向我将他自己启示出来。正是这些奇妙的经历让我永远难忘。我知道神一直丰丰富富地早已为我安排好了这些奇妙的经历。他是一个了不 起的神,我从心底里对他献上感恩,感谢赞美我们的神。